Two separate entities namely Telecom Namibia and Nam Post were established in 1992 following the commercialisation and service delivery systems in Africa. It has an exceptional network design with field-proven and up to standard technology with 24hr management and assistance country wide.
Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is limited to urban areas and settlements in rural areas.
Namibia’s cellular operators, Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTC) and lately LEO Ltd, provides services for 88 % of Namibia‘s population and covers 70 % of the country’s surface area. MTC and Leo has grown rapidly , expanding its coverage and services in Namibia to more than 70 towns and at least 500 000 customers, and entering into roaming agreements with over 60 countries and a hundred different mobile telecommunication networks. Most European, USA and UK based operators have roaming capability in Namibia. If roaming is to expensive for you, purchasing a local starter pack or hiring a local mobile phone on arrival is a cheaper option.
Namibia has direct fibre-optic cable links to Botswana,South Africa and most of SADC regions, with additional Satellite links to South Africa, SADC,USA and Germany for voice and data.The rest of the world can be reached from Namibia through direct dialling facilities to 221 countries via South Africa.
International calling cards
International calling cards are available at any Tele Shop in Namibia which varies between U$ 7.00 and U$ 17.00.
Namibia has got one of the most efficient telecommunication networks in Southern Africa. From the South to the North and East to the West of Namibia,right down to the rural areas you will find that phone booths are almost everywhere available.
There are Internet cafes in most towns. A large percentage of accommodation facilities in Windhoek has Internet facilities, ranging from Bed & Breakfast’s to big hotels with Wifi hot spots and complimentary business centres. Telecom Namibia has enabled Namibians to enjoy full Internet connectivity through various Independent Internet Providers.
Namibia has a good postal service. Airmail to Europe takes approximately four days to two weeks. Namibia has one of the most modern postal infrastructures in Africa. Namibia Post Ltd, affiliated to the Universal Post Union, has 78 post offices, two satellite post offices, 11 postal agencies, 37 mobile postal units and almost 80 000 registered mail box holders. Namibia is well known for its outstanding stamp designs, which regularly win international awards.Please expect for post to take longer than in Europe as all cross-border post travel via air-freight, for more efficient services make use of TNT. DHL and other freight and express companies. 3G and mobile cellphone modems work across the country so if you need permanent contact back home, bring along your laptop, 3G devices or simply rent a setup locally.
Press freedom is provided for by the constitution and largely respected by the government. The newspapers are printed Monday to Friday. English publications include The Namibian, The Namibian Economist and New Era; weeklies include the Windhoek Observer. Die Republikein is a Afrikaans newspaper and The Allgemeine Zeitung is a German newspaper and also published daily.
The state-owned Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) broadcasts nationwide and the State-run radio is operated by NBC. Private radio stations include Radio Kudu, Radio Wave, Radio Kosmos, Kanaal 7 and Radio Energy to name a few. Katutura Community Radio (KCR) broadcasts some BBC World Service programmes in Windhoek. Private commercial enterprises account for several additional television channels, including international channels via satellite such as the BBC, CNN and Deukom, South Africa’s M-Net, TV 1 and Supersport hosted on DSTV and other operators. So be assured that you will be able to stay up to date with your favorite series while you travel.